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9 May 2014, 16:13
A three-foot orange snake has been found dumped in woods.
Animal welfare officers think the corn snake, which has been named Fizzy, was abandoned inside a pillow case.
He was discovered by a female dog walker yesterday at Kirkton Campus, near Fleming Road, in Livingston, West Lothian.
The snake is now being cared for by the Scottish SPCA, who are appealing for information.
Animal rescue officer Lauren Walker said: "We think it's likely Fizzy was left inside the pillow case and slithered out as he was curled up under a tree stump when I arrived.
"Dumping him was very cruel as snakes need heat to survive and he would have soon perished had he not been rescued.
"Fizzy is in good condition, so it seems he has been well cared for until now, however we are keen to trace the person responsible for leaving him there as abandoning an animal is an offence.
"If anyone recognises Fizzy or knows of someone in the area who recently owned an orange corn snake we would urge them to contact our animal helpline on 03000 999 999.
"We'll continue to care for Fizzy until we can find him a suitable new home."